The Great War - Sabaton

I'm flying the pikkelhuen

The first world War is not a neglected topic in heavy metal music. Most often it is interpreted of the death metal or black metal bands, since the war's misery and inhumanity cries far away of evil – whereas powermetal often is more cheerful and, at times, lallet. But Sabaton manages anyway to mix the grand with the tragic, so I'm flying with my european in their general direction. As such there is nothing new to come after. Sabaton makes it, as they always have done, and they do it in such a way that only they can. So if you want a historielektion, which you can sing along with, so you will need to obtain in The Great War! In addition, I expect that they've got built themselves a red us, as Joakim can play with to their concert in the Forum for February.

Swedish power-silliness, when it is best

Ah Sabaton! Few bands have mastered the powermetal and antics as these jolly swedes. Since 1999, the falunske war machine led us through a string of historic events such as the samurai finally in 1877, or the battle at Rorke's Drift in 1879. This time they are ready with their ninth album, The Great War, a concept album dedicated to the First world War – the war to end all wars. It is neither the first, second or third time that Sabaton affect this war, but according to Joakim Brodén themselves, then this war is a treasure chest of stories – no matter how heinous they may be.

The Slighty-Above-Average War

It is also not the first time Sabaton engage in a concept album. They have done it earlier with the bl.a. Carolus Rex, which was dedicated to the Swedish storkonge Karl the 12. and his exploits. In the course of the ten years, as the band has existed, they are only grown, and their live shows only got wilder and wilder, and filled with more and more krigsrekvisitter, and everyone I know has an opinion about Sabaton. I was even one of those who rolled with his eyes when people talked about them, but it changed late one night on YouTube soon, when I stumbled across some of their latest singles. It, by Sabaton, is to mix powermetal with genuine Swedish pop-splendor in best Eurovision style. Most of their songs are so catchy that it's almost annoying, and even songs that at first listen found boring or poor, man and hums a few days after. They are the best example of that this must be the "82nd All the Way". The Great War is on the way no different than their other releases, and they have not changed one iota in the last many years, but why should one also change something that works?! When it is said and done, so not all of the songs that catches you right well. An example of this is the fx åbningsnummeret "The Future of Warfare", which is dedicated to the tank's invention – a topic that hardly gets more Sabaton-related, as the dear Scrooge really loves his tanks! The number itself has a strange rhythm that fluctuates up and down, but never really catch one. Thus, it is a bit a thin intro, and personally I do not understand, that they have not chosen to open with the title track, which is otherwise full of "albumåbner" with its quiet chorus-driven intro and epic chorus. So unlike the First world War, which literally started with a bang, so does the album, unfortunately. It is the first on the next number "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" (dedicated to Lawrence of Arabia), that we really coming apart from the steppes, and so can recognize Sabaton again with lots of pomp, splendor, gallop and sing-a-long.

Generally, there is a part of the songs that at first listen feels undervældende. They fail not so much, but they are also not something that helps with the big other than that they fill the album up. That is why The Great War is an album you must hear a few times before it really makes sense. But if you do, then you will find that Sabaton can conjure for suddenly will the songs you felt were undervældende appear as masterpieces – how do they do it!?


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